Deck of the Day: Fizz Lee Sin
Hey, Agigas here! When I first learned about this Fizz Lee deck, initially I wasn’t too convinced.
This looked like a very weird build that lacked focus, and running Lee Sin without access to Overwhelm didn’t appeal to me. But then, seeing the deck’s stats, I had to look into the list more carefully, and understand it at a deeper level.
It was the EU server high-ladder player MistAssassin who built this Fizz Lee version, and they climbed to 487 LP with the deck. This list and the record it showed were recently shared on Twitter by ImpetuousPanda, giving the archetype more visibility.
Several top players piloted this archetype with success on the ladder, and the Worlds finalist Yamato, in particular, reported a 10-3 record that he showed with it recently. However, the deck’s concept was also met with a lot of doubt, as it wasn’t clear how and why this deck would work.
Fizz Lee is starting to get traction since ImpetuousPanda’s tweet, and could very well become the next ‘hot deck’ on the ladder. So far, the archetype is exceeding most players’ expectations with a 56.4% win rate over 447 games.
Fizz Lee Sin Bandle is a surprisingly aggressive deck. Unlike most other Lee Sin decks, you are not looking to stall out the game to set up a Lee Sin OTK with Overwhelm. Instead, you want to play Elusive units early, and use them to push damage.
So, why Lee Sin then?
Lee Sin actually doesn’t require you to give him Overwhelm to be a good champion. The Challenger and Barrier combo makes him very strong at controlling the board. You also have a lot of cheap spells, making it pretty easy to level him up. Once Lee Sin levels, he pushes some face damage through the opponent’s board, effectively acting as another evasive threat.
Lee Sin is particularly valuable when you face Elusive blockers – not only can he get rid of one of your opponent’s blockers to free the way for your Elusive units, but he also gets his damage through with his kick.
Fizz, Greenglade Duo, and Kelp Maidens are all helping you to push a lot of damage thanks to the Elusive keyword. You have plenty of protection spells, and Fizz is particularly annoying for the opponent to deal with.
This deck additionally generates a ton of spells with its units, enabling us to play for synergies and for tempo at the same time. Fizz, Kelp Maidens, Otterpus, Yordle Squire, Conchologist, and Lecturing Yordle all produce spells while being strong units by themselves.
Fizz’s Chum the Waters is particularly great to push Nexus damage – just like with Lee Sin, you get to Challenge the opponent’s Elusive and push damage through it.
Eye of the Dragon is yet another spell payoff you have. This card single-handedly ensures you do not get run over by aggressive decks, but can also create a surprising amount of pressure as you keep generating Dragonlings.
For your spells, Twin Disciplines and Purpleberry Shake provide efficient protection for your Elusive units. Trinket Trade allows you to get 2 spells out of one card at a very cheap cost. Finally, Pokey Stick, Deep Meditation, and Hidden Pathways enable your spell synergies while helping you to never run out of value.
With the numerous Elusive units and Lee Sin, this deck will often be able to finish games decisively. However, thanks to Lee Sin controlling the board and your high amount of draw and spell generation, you will be very comfortable in longer games as well.
I wasn’t too high on the archetype at first, but the stats made me reconsider. After testing the deck, I feel like it is indeed a lot stronger than it might look, and it can be a pretty good choice to climb with if you enjoy this style.
However, sometimes Fizz Lee also feels like a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. This is not the most impressive Elusive deck, and this is not the best Lee Sin build-around. However, it does have the ability to leverage an Elusive gameplan while controlling the board with Lee Sin, and so you have tools to deal with a lot of situations. This flexibility is what makes the deck good in my opinion.
Still, so far its win rate is most likely inflated – due to the power of surprise and the low sample size created mostly by really good pilots. I don’t think this deck is the next Gangplank TF Bandle, but I would encourage you to give it a shot as a solid, unique, and fun Tier 2 archetype.
Shoutouts to the original deckbuilder behind this list, MistAssassin, who kindly offered their time to discuss the archetype with me and help present it to you in the most accurate way possible.
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